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Match Previews

Match Preview: Forest Green Rovers vs Macclesfield Town

29 December 2019

Macclesfield Town make the journey south to Gloucestershire this afternoon as we prepare to take on promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn.

Whilst Rovers come into the game in a playoff position, their recent form has coincided with a steady slide down the Sky Bet League Two standings; and Daryl and the team will no doubt be looking to continue our unbeaten stretch come 3:00pm.

Recent Form

A goalless draw away to bottom side Stevenage Town on Boxing Day followed a draw against top of the table Swindon last Saturday; demonstrating just how inconsistent Forest Green’s form has been of late.

The Silkmen also recorded a Boxing Day draw, a 1-1 stalemate against Grimsby Town, to extend our drawing streak to five matches ahead of this weekend.

Last Time Out

Our last visit to the New Lawn came at the backend of last season as we fell to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of goals from Christian Doidge and Joesph Mills.

We fared better at the Moss Rose in the 2018/19 campaign, as Scott Wilson netted to recover a draw following a Dayle Grubb opener.

Ones to Watch

Forest Green’s dangerman so far this campaign has undoubtedly been midfielder Joseph Mills.

Whilst he can also operate in defence, Mills leads Forest’s scoring and assist charts with eight goals and four assists this season.

Jack Aitchison has also been a key player for Rovers this campaign, with the Celtic loanee netting five goals and providing a further three assists.

View From The Touchline

Silkmen Head Coach Daryl McMahon spoke of the upcoming game following our Boxing Day draw, and was quick to highlight the potential threat Forest Green are capable of posing this afternoon.

"I think they could be in the top three come the end of the season, they are a top side at this level", he said.

"But everyone knows we are hard to beat. We work hard, we are organised and we are diligent in our work; and we are going to come up with a game plan to try and perform."

Meanwhile, Rovers manager Steve Cooper had this to say after his side's latest stalemate:

“We didn’t play well, individually, kept a clean sheet, so that’s a bonus. But we need to be better than that.

“People will probably talk about formations, tactics, but none of them matter if your desire and quality is not much as the opposition’s, then you’ll struggle to win a game.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield Town

29 December 2019

Macclesfield Town fell to a narrow defeat at The New Lawn as Farrend Rawson’s header was enough to see Forest Green Rovers take all three points.

Macc pushed the promotion hopefuls close for much of the game and could have snatched a point late on but for Corey O’Keeffe’s strong penalty appeal being waved away by the referee.

Rawson’s header from Liam Shepherd’s free kick would prove to be the decider as we fell to our first defeat since the middle of November.

The Silkmen started the match on the front foot, with Arthur Gnahoua coming close to finding Joe Ironside with a dangerous cross as we looked to impose ourselves on the game early on.

Connor Kirby was next to cause problems for the Forest Green backline as he delivered a teasing ball into the penalty area which evaded the onrushing Silkmen attackers on its way through to Rovers goalkeeper Adam Smith.

Smith would be called into action once more as Macc continued to push for an opener, but Arthur Gnahoua’s header lacked the necessary power to be a real threat.

Forest Green grew into the half and almost drew first blood themselves, but Jack Aitchison saw his goal bound effort charged down and cleared to safety by a stubborn Silkmen backline.

Junior Mondal tried an effort from range as Rovers continued to struggle in their quest to breakdown the Macc defence, but Owen Evans was alert to the danger and did well to tip the ball to safety.

Elliott Frear did well to force Evans into another save from his close-range free kick as Forest Green continued to push as half time approached.

Macc would have the final opportunity of the opening period as Jay Harris hit a ferocious shot towards goal, forcing Adam Smith into a smart save to keep the scores level.

Forest Green continued on the front foot at the start of the second half and came close to breaking the deadlock on the hour mark as Liam Kitching headed goalward.

Rovers would find their breakthrough with fifteen minutes remaining as Farrend Rawson rose highest to nod home Liam Shepherd’s free kick.

Macc responded by changing shape and introducing David Fitzpatrick for his 200th Macclesfield appearance as we looked to take the game to Rovers in the final exchanges.

Indeed, we would be on the front foot for much of the game’s finale, but half chances for Miles Welch-Hayes and Joe Ironside went begging.

Corey O’Keeffe appeared to be dragged down in the Rovers penalty area with ten minutes remaining, but the referee dismissed his appeal, sparking a reaction of fury and bemusement from Silkmen players and supporters alike.

Forest Green would see out the remaining minutes despite Macc’s best effort as we fell to defeat after five consecutive draws.

Attendance: 2,155 (130 away).


Line Ups

Forest Green Rovers

1. Adam Smith

2. Liam Shepherd

5. Matt Mills (Liam Kitching, 46')

6. Farrend Rawson

7. Carl Winchester (C)

9. Matty Stevens (Aaron Collins, 58')

14. Ebou Adams

17. Elliott Frear

19. Nathan McGinley

25. Junior Mondal

29. Jack Aitchison (Kevin Dawson, 88')

Unused Substitutes: Lewis Thomas, Dom Bernard, James Morton, Vaughn Covil.

Macclesfield Town

1. Owen Evans

5. Fiacre Kelleher (C)

7. Arthur Gnahoua

8. Jay Harris

9. Joe Ironside

12. Miles Welch-Hayes

14. Connor Kirby

15. Fraser Horsfall

16. Corey O'Keeffe (Jacob Blyth, 85')

20. Emmanuel Osadebe

25. Nathan Cameron (David Fitzpatrick, 81')

Unused Substitutes: Reice Charles-Cook, Jak McCourt, Ben Stephens, Brice Ntambwe.

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Forest Green Rovers (A)

27 December 2019

Macclesfield Town make the journey down to Gloucestershire this coming Sunday, as we take on Forest Green Rovers.

Ahead of the game, we are pleased to bring you the ticket prices which are as follows -

Seating (covered)
Adult - £23 
O65 - £18
U21 - £12 
U16 - £8 
U11 - FREE 
Standing (Covered) 
Adult - £20
O65 - £16
U21 - £10 
U16 - £7
U11 - FREE 
Standing (Uncovered) 
Adult - £18
O65 - £14 
U21 - £9 
U16 - £8 
U11 - FREE 
All ticket prices go up by £1 on the day of the game and can be purchased in advance from the link located here.

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